This Week in Milford

April 22, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your 2008 Mudlarkzzzzz

Filed under: baseball, exposition comics, Gil Thorp, kaz-bot — jasbeattie @ 10:02 am

Is everyone excited for the annual strip where the entire starting line-up is announced? Nah, me neither. At least last year it was split up into two parts. Though there’s no mention of the catcher (Please be Cully, please be Cully!), or whiny Jim Gross, so I guess this could drag out another day. They better at least have promoted Tyler Jay to batboy. Maybe there is no catcher this year…they just purchased that portable batting cage to use at practice, and figure during games that their opponents will hit every crappy pitch they toss out there.

So is there ever really a point, other than tradition, to naming all these players? The story will inevitably focus on one or two losers (i.e. Vargas and Gregory) and we’ll get the occasional Token Grant Sanders appearance just to remind us that a black guy is on the team too, but other than that…do we really need to know that Bill “Sadie” Hawkins is playing second base? (Answer: No.)

And so a month after the start of spring, the Milford baseball team may think about possibly starting to maybe perhaps playing some games. It’s all so damned thrilling that I’m going to leave for the rest of the week, leaving KAZ-BOT (now on parole!) in charge of posting comics until I return.  Enjoy! 




  1. I think we can nominate this panel as the mostboring panel of the year (although I’m sure there will be others).

    That being said, Gil’s eye in panel is scaring the holy hell out of me.

    Comment by Regina — April 22, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  2. panel one…sorry.

    Comment by Regina — April 22, 2008 @ 10:09 am

  3. Dullest dialog evar, but holy hand grenades, those EYES! I thank Thorpnotized for “The Earth Dies Screaming” link because there is no other way to explain those zombie eyes on Gil and the guy who’s fielding the ball with his forearm. Also, I didn’t know Gil could talk with his mouth closed.

    At least we’ve moved back to sports. I’ve been haunted by an estupid Espanish accent since seeing Senor Vargas feeling up poor Olive Oyl Brendan.

    Comment by julienne — April 22, 2008 @ 10:24 am

  4. That Marjie. She’s a looker… :thumbup:

    Comment by TCM — April 22, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  5. Marjie’s hair bothers me; it appears to be made of the same material as the ballpark fence. Shiny, metallic, with just a bit of bounce.

    And if I recall correctly (I’m too bored to check), isn’t Tyler the catcher? He’d be just right for the “tools of ignorance,” having self-administered a concussion and all.

    Comment by johnw — April 22, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  6. I think Self-Clubbin’ Tyler is the catcher. You know, “Tools of Ignorance” and all.

    Comment by Mac Thomason — April 22, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  7. Ooh, jinx!

    Comment by Mac Thomason — April 22, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  8. Fortunately for Milford, the Popemobile was returned just in time for them to use it to protect their batters from possible assassination.

    Comment by laura — April 22, 2008 @ 11:11 am

  9. I know it’s just a failed attempt at foreshortening or whatever it’s called, but Gil’s arm appears to be about a foot long in panel one.

    By the time we reach panel two, his hands have fallen off.

    This constant mutating reminds me of that Ren & Stimpy episode where they get squeezed through a black hole.

    Comment by sourbelly — April 22, 2008 @ 11:21 am

  10. Panel 2: Whigham certainly likes to use the “birds-eye” view. Who is that speedskating in the background in panel 1?

    Comment by Thorpnotized — April 22, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  11. Jeez, I’m checked out already, aren’t I? Sponge-Mitt Tyler only appeared two weeks ago and I already forgot all about it. Stupid spit-curl battery. Where’s Cully when ya need him?

    Comment by jasbeattie — April 22, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

  12. At least they didn’t use the strip for Earth Day Propaganda as they did “Rex Morgan M.D.”

    Comment by Doug Puthoff — April 22, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

  13. Sorry but nothing says “Play Ball” like a handwritten lineup card especially using Thorp’s girly pennmanship.

    Comment by Benchwarmer — April 22, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  14. I’m impressed by the baseball-like action in Panel 3 today…Bill/Rick/Steve (I can’t tell from the background which base this guy is covering) is actually standing in the proper position to field a grounder! Well done, Mr. Whigham.

    But I’m also totally creeped out by Gil’s eye in Panel One. Ew.

    Comment by jules — April 22, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

  15. well, if nothing else, today’s strip shows that the Mr Rubin is perfectly capable of drawing earrings.

    Comment by Mooch — April 22, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  16. the only problem with the baseball scene in panel three is that it looks like he’s fielding a rock.

    Comment by lester — April 22, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  17. Why do they have one of those offensive lawn jockeys in the batting cage?

    Comment by Striker — April 22, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  18. Well, however the plan on using that batting cage they had better help it happens quick, because I don’t see a cgae made out of glass panels lasting to the playdowns.

    Comment by Dr. "Eat More Cheddar and Drink More Pabst," aka Gil's Dietician — April 22, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

  19. Is Milford a clam-digging community? Frog-gigging? I mean, it’s just that everybody’s showing up for practice with the bottom half half of their uniform soiled and wet — including the COACH.

    Comment by Striker — April 22, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  20. Subtract one half from that post.

    Comment by Striker — April 22, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

  21. Wait until you get a load of Marty Moon’s dead skunk hair in tomorrow’s panel 2. It cross-links Moon with Kahn and John, a possible terror cell, over in Funky Winkerbean. Which is also a madhouse, by the way.

    Comment by Sgt Saunders — April 22, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

  22. Gil Thorpe has gotten bionic eyes, ala Batou from Ghost In The Shell. With optical implants he can take a trip to the digital PORN SHOP while pretending to care about his athletes!

    Comment by Lomion — April 23, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

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